Students evacuated from Moi University listen to an address by Interior Minister for Security Joseph Ole Nkaissery before they are transported to their home regions from a holding area on April 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA
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The death toll in an assault by Somali militants on a Kenyan university is likely to climb above 147, a government source and media said Friday, as anger grew among local residents over what they say was a government failure to prevent bloodshed.Strapped with explosives, masked Al-Shabab gunmen stormed the Garissa University College campus, some 200 km (120 miles) from the Somali border, in a pre-dawn rampage Thursday. With an uncertain number of students and staff still missing, the casualties may yet mount.Al-Qaeda itself killed some 207 people when it blew up the U.S. embassy in Nairobi in 1998, an attack which remains the single biggest loss of life in Kenya since its independence from Britain in 1963 .Al-Shabab says its recent wave of attacks are retribution for Kenya sending troops into Somalia to fight the group alongside other African Union peacekeepers. Reuben Mwavita, 21, a student, said he saw three female students kneeling in front of the gunmen, begging for mercy.
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